Council at ICFF

Posted: Aug 08 2014

Showing new pieces by three American Designers, Council will launch its 2014 collection at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York.
San Francisco, CA—May 2014—Council Inc., the American contemporary furniture manufacturer, is pleased to introduce several new pieces—including a variety of seating options, storage, and a table—at the ICFF. The brand will also show a couple of its classic designs that have been updated, or are newly in production. Council will exhibit at booth 1304 at ICFF, which runs from May 17-20 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. 
Designer Derek Chen is Council’s founder. “This year we focused on expanding the collection in specific areas: seating, and pieces that can do double duty in the home and the work place,”he said. “There’s a demand for that kind of versatility, and it feels right for Council: prioritizing utility, thinking creatively about each piece’s potential, and making our tightly-curated collection as relevant as possible are concerns that are central to the brand.”
Council’s collection is designed by international designers working in close collaboration with Chen. Council designers include Arik Levy, Nendo, Karim Rashid, Monica Förster, Mike and Maaike and Jonah Takagi. This year, Council is proud to introduce new pieces by three American designers/design firms: two designers new to Council, Harry Allen and Box Clever, and Chad Wright, who has contributed to the collection in the past. The following pieces will debut at ICFF 2014:
Lat Chair by Harry Allen – A simple armchair whose frame defines a striking negative space, Lat’s design is inspired by the back of the sitter—where it rests against the chair and where it pulls away. Lat’s frame is available in natural and stained Ash, and Walnut; its seat comes upholstered in a variety of 100% wool fabrics.
Poise Table by Box Clever – Equally at home in the dining or board room, Poise’s softly contoured edges and slim silhouette lend it an almost buoyant quality. The three panels of the tabletop barely touch, and all rest on a pair of delicately-tapered fins. Despite the impression of weightlessness, Poise’s materials could hardly be more earthbound: it is handmade of wood and marble. The table’s center panel, available in either wood or stone, is removable, offering two options for length. Poise comes in Ash, Walnut, and White Oak in a number of stains and stone (Calacatta Oro and Carrara).Poise Bench by Box Clever – The wooden Poise bench features the same sleek, almost hydrodynamic, profile as the table. The seat of the bench is a single,hand-contoured piece of wood sitting atop two trim fins as legs. All the soft rectangular forms are pleasing to the eye, inviting the touch of the hand, and comfortable for the user. Poise bench comes in two lengths, and is available in Ash, Walnut, and White Oak in a variety of stains.
Poise Stool by Box Clever – Introducing the smallest member of the Poise suite. Made of three contoured squares—one as the seat, the other two arranged in an x-formation as the base—Poise is simple and endlessly versatile as a stool or as a small side table. Available in Ash, Walnut, and White Oak in a variety of stains.
Sprig Stool by Chad Wright – Wright’s trademark simplicity of design is on full view in this counter- and bar-height stool: Sprig’s pared-down silhouette is interrupted by the single detail of a stainless steel footrest. Available in powdercoated steel in various colors including red, cobalt blue, white, and grey, Sprig is suitable for use indoors and out.
Twig Chair (upholstered) by Chad Wright – Inspired by the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge emerging from the fog, Wright designed Twig for Council in 2012. Now the popular stacking chair, which comes in versions for indoors and out, returns with an upholstered seat, available in 100% wool fabric. Twig’s frame is available in White Oak (various stains) or Hickory. 
Council will also show some pieces from its collection whose designs have been updated to go into production in 2014:
Mute Chair by Mike and Maiike – A standout from Council’s debut collection, the Mute chair is being reissued with a new shell of 30% post-consumer material. Inspiring serenity and calm, the seat is a single, fluid form, with no angles or seams; the simple base is made of powder-coated steel. Seats, upholstered in 100% wool fabric, come in a new palette for 
Careem by Karim Rashid – Riffing on a design that Rashid first developed in 1999, the chair was re-designed and re-engineered for Council a couple of years ago. This year Careem returns with the same welcoming bucket seat with a new frame of recycled cast aluminum.
Pila by Claudia & Harry Washington – Pila is an ingenious system of reconfigurable components; the piece showed in prototype in 2013, and is now in full production. The word “pila,” Spanish for pile, encapsulates the ease with which the system can be stacked and re-stacked to meet new functional requirements. Resting on a low, log-style base, Pila can be configured as a bedside table, bedroom storage, or credenza. With an Ash base, faces painted or of various hardwoods, and tops of Corian or hardwood.
For more information, please visit booth #1304 at ICFF or Please direct any inquiries to Jessica Olshen at +212.477.4600 (office), +917.539.2942 (on-site at ICFF), or 

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